“Are dinosaurs extinct?” Jack Price asked the group of students gathered at his table. Several students said yes, one student raised her hand and said no.
“Birds are living dinosaurs,” she said.
“Right! Birds are a type of dinosaur. What characteristics can you tell me that make birds unique?”
For the next twenty minutes, Mr. Price shared information about feathers and flight patterns, bone structure, habitats and unique features of many of our local avian species.
The life science students from Page County and Luray Middle Schools visited the White House Farm for a full-day field trip taught by guest instructors from the Old Rag Chapter of Master Naturalists and Virginia Department of Forestry.
Students rotated between four stations, learning about water quality and quantity with Bill and Deirdre Clark, plants and wildflowers with Grace Cangialosi and native and non-native trees with forester Clint Phegley.
The farm provides a wonderful opportunity to highlight various aspects of our local ecology and history and we are grateful to our guest instructors for sharing their expertise and to the teachers and school staff for organizing the field trip. The weather was perfect for the day with abundant sunshine and the farm staff did a great job preparing the grounds for the students.